Following the epically outrageous 2009 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, MTV is bringing the celeb-powered, anything-might-happen craziness back to New York for the 26th annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. For the second year in a row, comedian [movieperson id="327783"]Russell Brand[/movieperson] will host the live show, taking place at some of the city's most iconic locations, including Radio City Music Hall.
"This year will be a controversy-free festival of love and discrete orgasms," said the "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star, who stirred plenty of controversy as host last year when he joked about the Jonas Brothers' purity rings.
Taking the stage for the first time ever at the VMAs will be country-pop superstar Taylor Swift, who will perform a brand-new version of "You Belong With Me," a single from her Billboard-topping Fearless.
"I'm so excited that MTV and the VMAs have invited me to perform, because I think this year's show will be unlike anything they've ever done!" Swift said. "I love incorporating theatrics into my performances, and the VMAs have always allowed artists to run with that. MTV has been so good to me, and I could not be more excited about this year's VMAs!"
Joining Swift will be British rock trio Muse, making their American TV debut. The band will perform their newest single, "Uprising," off their forthcoming album, The Resistance. The evening will also feature performances by some of today's most in-demand artists, as well as appearances by some of the biggest names in music, television and film.
"MTV began in New York City and — like many of us — never left," said Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York. "New York City's music scene is second to none. Every night of the week, our clubs, cabarets and concert halls are overflowing with the latest and greatest sounds. The Video Music Awards showcase the best in music, production and art. I'm thrilled to welcome the show back to the Big Apple for the 14th time. The VMAs will bring even more excitement to the city that never sleeps, and they'll give us a chance to introduce thousands of visitors to great music and arts attractions across all five boroughs."
"We are thrilled that despite numerous death threats from Jonas Brothers fans, Russell Brand has accepted our offer to put his life on the line and host the VMAs again this year," said Stephen Friedman, general manager of MTV. "We're also excited to be coming home to bring the most rambunctious night in music back to New York City."
The 2008 VMA performers included Rihanna, the Jonas Brothers, T.I. and Kanye West. Britney Spears took home video of the year for "Piece of Me."
Nominees, celebrity presenters and additional performers for the live VMAs — taking place in New York for the 14th time in the show's history — will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the official insideMTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/insidemtv.